Students at Catholic Academy of New Haven Learn To:
Question like a Scientist. Design like a Technologist. Examine through Religion.
Build like an Engineer. Create like an Artist. Deduce like a Mathematician.
The STREAM Model
Science and Technology are understood as the basis of what the world has to go forward with, to be analyzed and developed through Engineering and the Arts, with the knowledge that everything is based in elements of Mathematics and encompassed in the authenticity of our Catholic faith.
The Academy will employ the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum endorsed by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). This approach to education is designed to enhance teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into the traditional curriculum and creating an interdisciplinary experience for students. The STREAM Academy model will stand as a pillar of progressive education in the Archdiocese of Hartford where students are invited to explore, analyze, and create while making meaningful real-world connections in the context of their faith.
“The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. This is why there are so many subjects — elements that act together and stimulate intelligence …”
STREAM fields are the largest job growth segment in the 21st century, and there is already a shortage of skilled workers to fill the positions. Across the U.S., business leaders are having difficulty finding enough talent to stay competitive. Our children need to be able to inquire, think, investigate, and innovate to succeed. STREAM will help prepare our students for successful careers in a 21st-century workforce.
Students from a STREAM program outperformed their peers in the areas of math, science, and literacy. U.S. Bureau of Statistics reports that within the next 20 years, 80% of the jobs will require the skills emphasized in a STREAM program.
Through 2020, the U.S. will have 9.2 million more STEM (STREAM) jobs.
Preparing for a Global World
STREAM ties ALL the subjects to each other in an interdisciplinary way as well as to the full spectrum of the rapidly changing business and professional world. It is a lifelong career and life-readiness way of educating and learning that is adaptable to the constantly evolving global world in which we live.
What is STREAM Curriculum?
The STREAM structure explains how all the divisions of education and life work together. It is an authentically Catholic liberal arts curriculum where the subjects are coordinated to support each other under an instructional framework that highlights how science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the broad spectrum of religion and the arts all connect in the real world. This framework reinforces the centrality of Catholic identity to every aspect of the school program.
Shifting to a STREAM perspective means minimizing departmentalization of teaching and learning. The walls of traditional classroom learning expand to include collaborative units of study that promote reflective questioning, listening to and evaluating alternative opinions, critical thinking and problem solving, and constructing innovative and creative solutions to real-world problems while maintaining fidelity to Archdiocesan curricula as the foundation for basic skills. It is a project-based application of learned concepts and skills. Learning in action!
Through 2020 there will be an increased need for:
References: Education Coalition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Health & Science Initiative. U.S. DOE, STEM Advantage. STEAMedu.com